"chess set", "chess sets", "chess pieces", "chess museum", "schaak"

20th century  (Netherlands)

Netherlands. Also bone "Staunton" sets are found in the Netherlands. This is such an example, which could have been made by Uhlig in Germany. However, the knights are different from the usual Uhlig sets, as are the rooks.

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  • Netherlands or Germany, by Uhlig? "Staunton"
  • ca. 1900
  • Bone K 5.6; p 3.1

Netherlands. This "Staunton" set is from the same Dutch chess player as the plastic set of Escardibul in Barcelona. Therefore I assume it is of about the same age. However it could be older as well. younger too. Also not sure it has been made in the Netherlands (probably not).

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  • Netherlands? "Staunton"
  • 1960?
  • Wood K 8.6; p 4.4
  • Box 20.9×14.0×6.8

Netherlands. This "Staunton" set by Homas is a gift of my daughter. It is a common set in the Lardy pattern which was also made by Hempfling, Bohemia and others. Homas is well known from their "sjoelbakken" (a kind of shuffleboard). They were in production from 1923 till 1983 in Assen, Netherlands.

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  • Netherlands, by Homas, "Nr. 2 Staunton"
  • ca. 1980
  • Wood K 6.9; p 3.3
  • Box 20.6×10.6×9.0
  • Lardy pattern also made by Hempfling, Bohemia and others

Netherlands. Two "Bolts and nuts" sets. I still have to make a white pawn for the 1st set.

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  • Netherlands, "bolts and nuts"
  • 1977
  • Metal K 6.0; p 3.7


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  • Netherlands, "bolts and nuts"
  • 1985
  • Metal K 6.6; p 3.5

Netherlands. Abstract game consisting of plexiglass beams with white and red print.The board is made of plexiglass mounted on a piece of marble. The white fields are, I think, stickers with imprint of cities such as Amsterdam. The sign says Pierson, Heldring & Pierson, a bank formed on January 1, 1958 from a merger. In 1993 Bank Mees & Hope and Pierson, Heldring & Pierson merged to form MeesPierson (part of ABN AMRO now). The set is most likely a promotional gift.

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  • Netherlands, Pierson, Heldring & Pierson
  • 1975-1991
  • Plexiglass K 3.0; p 1.5
  • Board marmer/plexiglass 27.1×27.1×1.9

Netherlands. This "profile" chess set was a relation gift of MIFA Aluminium B.V. at the moment they opened a new factory with CNC ("Computer Numerical Control") machinery in Blerick, Netherlands in 1986. The King was send with the invitation and people, who attended the opening, got the whole chess set.

I was told that only 2 batches of 500 have been made by MIFA. I have them seen in a red cassette with "MIFA" and "Alufa'" on it too. The last also on blue cassette. And there was a production after 2000, packed in silver-grey box with down right the text "made by Mifa". Another small (100?) batch has been made by Hydro Aluminium Century Limited in Sanquhar. That sets came with a board.

  • Netherlands, by Mifa, a factory making profiles for windows and so
  • 1986
  • Anoded aluminium K 6.4; p 3.7
  • Cassette 26.3 × 23.6
  • Mifa made 2 batches of 500 in 80ies and a batch in 2000. A small (100?) batch by Hydro Aluminium Century Limited in Sanquhar

Netherlands. This set has been designed and made by my daughter. She made the set in the 90ties and kept it secret until she finished it in 2000 in order to give it to me as Saint Nicholas present. Note that she switched Bishop and Rook in the final design (see pictures)!

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  • Netherlands, by my daughter
  • 2000
  • Modelling plaster K 6.9; p 3.1

Netherlands. This is my own design made in 2002. I did had some pieces made by a furniture maker to check sizes and feasibility. Did not let make him the differences in Knight, Bishop and Rook, which all are designed in same size. However, after that I never continued the project. Maybe it is time to pick it up again and create the complete set.

  • Netherlands, my own design
  • 2000
  • Beech K 13.6; p 8.2

Netherlands. This set was made by my own as a gift for my friend Jules Welling. Sadly my friend passed away. I keep the set as a memory to him.
The origami design is by Everdien Tiggelaar.

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  • Netherlands, by myself, origami design by Everdien Tiggelaar
  • 2000
  • Paper K 10.8; p 4.7

Netherlands. These "glass" chess sets in Staunton style are an easy gift to a chess collector. They were given with love and got so a place in my collection. A larger version of these glass sets can be found on the "Staunton" (Germany) page.

  • Netherlands, "Staunton"
  • 2000
  • Glass K 4.6; p 2.6
  • Box 22.4×22.0×5.1
  • Board 19.8×19.8

Netherlands. This "abstract" set was made by pupils of Exempla, a commercial organization of training courses, or CVT ("Centrum Vakopleiding Techniek"), a training centre of the Employment Office. My friend got the set from a teacher metal works of Exempla. It's an examination piece of  a student or a class of students. The set is not unique, because the design is used more often at the training.

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  • Netherlands, an examination piece
  • 2000
  • Plain + painted aluminium K 4.5 and Ø 2.0 high; p 3.0 and Ø 1.6
  • Board 24.0×24.0×1.0
  • Board has logo of employment office (2 small at front, 1 large at back)

Netherlands. This "abstract" set was made by my former co-worker Jan Glavimans on his 3D printer.

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  • Netherlands,  3D print by Jan Glavimans
  • 2023
  • Plastic K 10.3; p 5.2